Lakehead University

With 2 campus locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead University offers you a personal campus experience where you can truly realize your potential. Over 8,500 students study from our comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, alongside acclaimed faculty that truly care about your academic growth and success.

From the moment you step onto our campuses, you will discover this is no ordinary university experience. With smaller class sizes, you will thrive in our learning environments where you will know your professors and be fully engaged. 90% of our classes have less than 60 students, meaning you will thrive in an academic environment where you will know your professors and they are available to support you in your academic goals.

From opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research, starting as early as first year, to taking advantage of the natural laboratory on our doorstep, you will quickly understand why students from all around the world choose to study at Lakehead University.

For the fourth year in a row, Lakehead University has been ranked the #1 Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities by Re$earch Infosource. Many undergraduate students are given opportunities to participate in paid research while pursuing their undergraduate studies. Our employment rate of 94% (above the provincial average) within 2 years of graduation attests to the success of a smaller and more personalized university experience.

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with 60+ programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, spanning 10 faculties including: Business, Education, Engineering, Health & Behavioural Science, Natural Resources Management, Law, Medicine, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, and Graduate Studies.

Thunder Bay Campus

Lakehead University's main campus is located in the City of Thunder Bay. Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Northwestern Ontario, the City of Thunder Bay is truly "superior by nature". With a population of over 110,000 residents, Thunder Bay has all the amenities of a large centre combined with a small-town charm and feel. 

Lakehead University is situated in the heart of the city.

Fields and green space surround our campus and all buildings are conveniently located together in 1 location, creating a true campus feel. Many of the University's buildings are grouped around Lake Tamblyn and our residence complexes hug the banks of the McIntyre River. Underground tunnels connect many of the main, centralized buildings on campus, allowing for easy access between classes and facilities. Paved trails surround the campus, making it the perfect place to take in the beauty of the area, whether you are walking, jogging, rollerblading, bicycling or, in the winter, cross-country skiing!

7,500 students call the Thunder Bay Campus home.

Orillia Campus

Located just 1 and a half hours north of Toronto, the City of Orillia is positioned on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, offering you year-round opportunities for culture, recreation and heritage. Orillia has a population of over 30,000 residents, with the population growing during summer months, as Orillia becomes a vacation hotspot. 

Lakehead University is situated in 2 areas of the city, with campus locations in the historic downtown and 500 University Avenue. In 2010, our brand new state-of-the-art campus opened, which made it the first campus in North America to be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Our Academic Building is environmentally friendly in every way possible, from the green roofing system, to geothermal energy source, water collection ponds and much more. The campus also features a 250-bed residence, cafeteria and bookstore. All students have access to recreational facilities through our partnership with the YMCA.

Over 1,500 students call the Orillia Campus home.

For more information, visit our Lakehead University website or call 1-800-465-3959.